Saturday, January 11, 2014


As the sun rises on a new year, I have been keeping busy.  I have had lots of little projects going here and there.   There hasn't been much around to take photos of lately.  A person can only look at white landscapes for so long.  I was almost late for work when I started taking photos of this sunrise.  It was a beauty.  The old saying 'red sky in the morn sailor's be warned' holds true.  We had a bit of a snowstorm that evening. 

I saw this project on Pinterest and didn't think much of it, until I was taking down my Christmas Card display and realized red and green clothespins would look pretty cool.  I used two jelly jars and put 3 Tablespoons of vinegar, 20 drops of red food coloring in one, and green in the other.  I then stuffed the jars with clothes pins, filled them with water, put a lid on, and shook them vigorously until the food coloring was dissolved.   I let them sit overnight and this was the result.  The green wasn't as vibrant as I hoped, but you can still tell they are green.   I got the idea from:

This is a project in the works.  It is a perfect piece of slate with two holes punched in it.  My husband thought I would be able to do something with it.  Any ideas?  I am excited with the possibilities. 
Winter is meant for baking and I made my favorite blueberry muffins.  I got the recipe from my plethora of Gooseberry Patch Cookbooks.  I couldn't resist taking a photo of them in my perfect pie plate.  My sister is a pretty good gift giver.  The recipe for the muffins is in one of my earlier posts.

I am still making wine.  I make a new batch every month.  I bottled some Hard Apple Cider and some Sassy Saskatoon.  I've been making wine for four years now.  That little $35 kit was worth the money.  

I was very happy to get cucumbers in my Bountiful Basket. This summer I became addicted to adding lemon cucumbers to my water.  I'm back in business.  I can't say enough what a fresh flavor the cucumbers add to ordinary water.  
The beeswax our beekeeper gave me has been fun to work with.  I made these easy lotion bars. I can't say where I got the recipe for sure.  I looked at several different sites.  Basically it is 1 cup of coconut oil, 4 T. beeswax, 2 T. sweet almond oil, and 15 drops of lavender essential oil.  I mixed it in a double broiler and poured into tinfoil cupcake liners. I recommended using them before bed.  They are a little oily when applied, but it soaks in quickly. 

My next project was making a lavender salt scrub.  I mixed 3/4 c. Epsom salt, 1/4 c. sea salt, and lavender that had soaked in 1/4 c. olive oil. Again it was a combination of several recipes.  I think the salt scrub is ok, but I like the lemon sugar scrub better.  I think I will use the rest as a bath soak.

That is about it.  A little dabbling here and a little dabbling there.  Since I am allergic to of the lotions sold in stores, I am very happy to make my own stuff.  I have resolved to try Epsom salts and coconut oil in more of my projects.   Well, that is all I have been up to lately.  If anyone has any ideas for the slate or other small projects I'm all ears.  Kind of like this fella below.


  1. You've given me lots of fun ideas to try here...thanks! The lotion bars intrigue me. I have some of those ingredients on hand, and the others shouldn't be hard to find.

  2. What a beautiful pinky-red sunrise. Those displays are so nice to see between the snowy landscapes. Your projects are great. Like you, I don't appreciate the lotions that are loaded with fragrances and chemicals I can't pronounce. I make a non-petroleum salve that I use all winter long on my skin, lips, and even on my face. Recipe: 2 oz. olive oil (or other oil) 1 T. beeswax pellets. Melt together in double boiler. After it's melted I add in vitamin E oil from 3-4 capsules. You can add essential oils, but I like it plain. I also like to use just coconut oil on my skin.

  3. Wonderful photos . Looks and sounds like you have been keeping busy , It is very mild and raining here today all the snow is melting fast . Thanks for sharing . Have a good week !

  4. Oh, how I miss the mule deer of the wild west! All our deer on our place are white tail, and while pretty, I'm really partial to the mulies. You sure have a lot to show for your "dabbling."

  5. Hmm We still have a lot of lavender I should try making the scrub .
    The photo of the sky ~ brilliant !
    I don't have a lot of ideas for the slate today, much like the deer (who is also a great photo capture) I am busy ( and luckily rather content) to just mosey around in the white stuff . lol

  6. I love your pretty sunrise. All of your wonderful lotions and your body scrubs are wonderful too. Well, I do love your piece of slate. The first think that popped into my head was a sign. You know to hang from your lovely porch? That is such a nice piece you could even use it to write on in your kitchen you know notes to your self? Staring at it I think it is just wonderful.
    Your wine looks wonderful and I think that would be fun to make. I like your bowl, it looks so nice with those muffins. I think you are doing very good keeping yourself busy with all of that snow.
    I enjoyed stopping by today.

  7. Gorgeous sunrise, Bonnie! You are definitely keeping busy. I find it hard to stay busy in wintertime; I'm a garden girl. :)

  8. Those muffins looked real good. I have made some cider, beer and wines also. Cuke in gin and tonic water is good too.

  9. Bonnie,
    You have been busy. Looks like lots of fun and tasty projects.

    Your last picture is quite the capture!

    Enjoy the nice January weather. We sure are.

  10. The picture of the buck in the snow is great! I will have to try out the blueberry muffin recipe. They look amazing.


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